Pulsar APX V2 Review
The Pulsar APX is a portable vaporizer for use with dry herbs. It is one of the more affordable models on the market today, but still offers users some solid flavor. The second version of the APX did remove the feature for concentrate use, but made some upgrades over the original. Costing around $85 CND, the APX is a good choice for those looking for a starter vaporizer. Is the Pulsar APX the right dry herb portable vaporizer for you? Read on and decide for yourself.
Battery on the Pulsar APX
For the value of the Pulsar APX, the 1600 mAh made from lithium is solid and stands up to most other models of its kind. We have found that we get about an hour and a half of total usage time out of this unit, and it takes around the same time to fully charge using the USB attachment. Most APX owners we have spoken to seem to get about an hour and a half of continuous usage as well. Of course, this is dependent upon what temperature setting at which you take your vape hits. If you constantly run your unit at the highest setting, it might only last about an hour or so. While the APX won’t last you a whole day, you can certainly do worse in terms of battery.
Using the Pulsar APX
This unit is simple to use, just press the button five times and wait about 30 seconds for it to heat up. Haptic feedback alerts you when the APX is ready for a rip. The APX is compact at only 4 inches tall, so it will fit in just about anyone’s hand. Most of the models are also discreet, with the exception of the ones with flashier graphics that might garner some unwanted attention. The one that we tried out was the THC chemistry compound design, which is all black exterior with different color graphics on the sides. The palm of your hand easily hides these colors, while you’re using the device, though.
The APX heats up in 30 seconds, which is about average for this price point. It has 5 preset temperatures that range from 180 degrees Celsius up to 220 degrees Celsius. The temperatures increase by ten degrees with every preset.
Vapor Quality on the Pulsar APX
The APX uses a convection heating element and the vapor path is made from silicone, so this unit does have a bit of a leg up on some other models at similar price points – especially ones that use conduction heating. The ceramic heating chamber helps maintain the flavor quality of your dry herbs as well, and is one of the best parts about the Pulsar APX. In addition, the mouthpiece airway is also made from silicone, which is an upgrade over the original APX model.
Be sure to grind your herb finely, because if you pack a big bud into the APX, you might not even see any kind of visible vapor trail. Even with finely ground herb, you won’t be blowing huge clouds at all with the Pulsar APX, even on the highest settings. When we tried it, we cranked the unit up to the maximum temperature, and even then we barely saw much. Despite this, the APX has some really nice flavor, and you are likely to see feel some nice effects from it.
What Comes With the Pulsar APX?
The Pulsar APX comes with the unit itself, a handy brush for use with cleaning purposes, a tool that lets you load your dry herb into the chamber, and one replacement mouthpiece. Most users seem to get at least three months of usage out of the APX’s mouthpiece. You can purchase additional mouthpieces if need be, but most vape enthusiasts tend to just buy a new unit, because needing new mouthpieces often is an indication of a lot of vaping.
When deciding what your APX will look like, you definitely have some variety. The APX comes in 7 different colors. You can pick a solid silver, blue, or black if you like to keep things simple. Or, if you prefer, you can choose one of four unique designs like the wood grain, skulls, organic chemistry schematics, or tie dye graphics. We think the chemistry compound design looks the coolest, but you pick the one you like the best.
• Using the APX is a no-brainer even for those who are brand new to vaporizing
• Haptic feedback lets you know when the unit is heated up and ready to use
• Good value for the price tag
• Solid taste and flavor delivery of your dry herbs from an inexpensive model, due to the silicone mouthpiece, the convection heating and the ceramic chamber
• Vapor production leaves something to be desired, especially if you are used to high-end models. Vape users who like to blow thick clouds will almost surely be disappointed
• Probably not the best choice if you are looking for a vaporizer to last you a long time
• The previous model had a concentrate adaptor, but this one does not. Decreased functionality is rarely a good thing
The APX is a solid choice for newbies looking to enter the wonderful world of vaporizing, or for experienced users who want to add an inexpensive herbal unit to their collection. By no means is the unit high-end, but you shouldn’t expect it to be for that price and if you’re looking to get your hands on one, head over here to get your Pulsar APX.
Do you own a Pulsar APX? What do you think about the device? Are you happy you bought one? If you are unsatisfied with your purchase of a Pulsar APX, we want to hear that as well. Either way, let us know in the comments.
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